PETE ALLEN'S DUKES of WELLINGTON - I Wish You Love
Pete Allen – Honorary Citizen of New Orleans – what an accolade!
Upbeat Jazz welcomes Pete Allen back onto its label after a gap of 16 years since the release of his album RUNNING WILD URCD178 which was voted in the top ten best albums of 2002 Jazz Review.
The Pete Allen Jazz Band and his Dukes of Wellington appear at prestigious jazz festivals, theatres and clubs throughout the UK and abroad, with appearances in France, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Spain.
Pete Allen first formed his band in October 1978 and during the early years made thirty appearances on Pebble Mill at One for BBC Television. In addition, the band has appeared on many regional television shows including a six-week series on ITV.
Pete Allen - clarinet and vocals (tracks 6 12): Andy Dickens trumpet, fligelhorn, vocals (tracks 4, 10 13): James Clemas piano and vocals (track 2): Dave Hanratty bass: Richie Bryant drums.
1. Weary Blues
2. I Wish You Love
3. Chrissie's Calypso
4. My Old Rocking Chair
5. Moonlight in Vermont
6. I Can't Begin to Tell You
7. On The Isle of Capri
8. As Time Goes By
9. Sidholme Boogie
10. St James Infirmary Blues
12. In My Solitude
13. If I Had My Life to Live Over
14. Jazz Me Blues
Reviews of This Recording
September 2019 - Syncopated Times
NIGHTS AT THE TURNTABLE By Scott Yanow
PETE ALLEN’S DUKES OF WELLINGTON I Wish You Love
Pete Allen, who plays most of the reeds but is best known as a clarinetist, first recorded with his brother banjoist Bernie Allen’s group in 1976. He worked with trumpeter Rod Mason during 1976-78 and has primarily led his own bands since then, recording prolifically for many labels. A musician whose style straddles the boundaries between New Orleans jazz and swing, Allen regularly leads a septet but for some occasions he heads a quintet called the Dukes Of Wellington drawn from the larger group. While based in the United Kingdom, Allen has also been successful through the years during several trips to the U.S., appearing at classic jazz festivals.
The Dukes Of Wellington, which is featured on I Wish You Love, teams Allen (on clarinet except for an appearance on baritone sax) with trumpeter Andy Dickens, pianist James Clemas, bassist Dave Hanratty, and drummer Richie Bryant. The CD contains a lot of variety in its repertoire and style. Six of the 14 songs feature vocals by Allen, Dickens or Clemas with each of the singers sounding much better than the usual musician vocals that trad bands often feel compelled to have. On the program, the group plays relaxed but heated versions of 'Weary Blues', 'Rosetta', and 'Jazz Me Blues', a few ballads including 'Moonlight In Vermont', individual features (Allen is showcased on 'As Time Goes By' and pianist Clemas on a spirited 'Sidholme Boogie'), the leader’s original 'Chrissie’s Calypso', and a jumping 'On the Isle Of Capri'. Not every traditional jazz band can pull off such material as “I Wish You Love” (which has a fine vocal by Clemas), 'I Can’t Begin To Tell You', and 'If I Had My Life To Live Over' but the Dukes Of Wellington sound sincere, musical and swinging no matter what piece they interpret. I Wish You Love is a fine introduction to the spirited music of Pete Allen.
I Wish You Love is Upbeat URCD 291, 14 selections running 69:32
Pete Allen is among our very best, having cut his teeth with Rod Mason.... Always easy on the ear, they are nothing if not slick, spruce and together - blessed with good vocalists and wide popular appeal......I enjoyed this CD and can see no bounds to what this outfit might achieve if they stay together. There is no substitute for longevity: they clearly have the talent.
Andrew Liddle - The Jazz Rag